Watch Keith Urban's full remarks at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards on April 5 in Washington, D.C. Urban, recipient of the Recording Artists' Coalition Award, discusses topics such as how the guitar become his "voice" as a child, his parents' support on the road to becoming a working musician, seeing Johnny Cash in concert at age 5, his personal passion for music education in schools, and how his high school music teacher, Mrs. Grimmer, inspired him.
"What I ask is a broader conversation that involves seeing and thinking about music education in a different way," said Urban. "It's not just some frivolous edge activity that's on the periphery that can be discarded. … Music has a profound need and requirement in schools and in kids' lives."
The GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards also honored Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) for their ongoing support of music. Hosted by Martina McBride, the event celebrated the cultural institutions of music and the arts, and highlighted critical issues affecting music creators' rights.